LONDON: England defender Sol Campbell has been charged with violent conduct and faces what could amount to his second four-match ban in less than six months.
The FA announced on Tuesday they had charged the Arsenal centre back for an offence committed during the Community Shield season-opener against Manchester United 10 days ago for which he could be suspended for three matches.
Campbell was also sent off against Everton during Arsenal's opening Premier League game on Saturday, landing an automatic one-match ban.
He missed the last four games of last season including the FA Cup final in May after being suspended for elbowing striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Arsenal's Premier League match against United at Highbury in April.
“We can confirm that Sol Campbell has been charged with violent conduct following a recommendation from The FA's Video Advisory Panel,” the FA said on its official website.
“This follows an incident during The FA Community Shield on Aug 10,” it said. “Campbell now has 14 days to respond.”
Campbell kicked out in retaliation to a challenge by United substitute Eric Djemba Djemba during the match at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. The referee did not see Campbell's action and only warned Djemba Djemba.
“The incident was referred to the Video Advisory Panel due to the fact that match referee Steve Bennett did not see it during the course of the game,” the FA said.
“In the case when incidents are seen by the match referee, they cannot be referred to the Video Advisory Panel under the FIFA laws of the game.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who had no complaints about his player's dismissal on Saturday, said however that he believed the defender was being unfairly targeted.
Campbell's sending off against Everton was the 51st red card Arsenal have been shown since Wenger took charge six years ago.
As the disciplinary process runs its course, Campbell may not serve a suspension for the Community Shield offence for several weeks, which could mean he misses matches against some of Arsenal's biggest title rivals.
Arsenal have back-to-back Premier League fixtures against Manchester United, Newcastle United, Liverpool and Chelsea between Sept 21 and Oct 18.
Campbell was due to turn out for England in their friendly international against Croatia in Ipswich on Wednesday but withdrew from the squad on Tuesday nursing a shoulder injury. – Reuters